Land-use changes, political conflict, wildlife conflicts, population growth and climate change are some of the issues pastoralists in Kenya are faced with. CERE researcher Göran Bostedt returns to Kenya for a workshop on land tenure reform and focus group meetings with pastoralists. (click on headline to read more)

workshopIn November 2018 CERE researcher Göran Bostedt revisited Kenya together with researchers from SLU, University of Gothenburg, and University of Nairobi, for a workshop in Nairobi on land tenure reform and the effects of climate change. The workshop was organized by a-research project financed by the Swedish Research Council jointly with FAO, the UN’s Food and Agricultural Organization.

During the stay in Kenya a questionnaire about land ownership and the capacity for climate change was tested through several focus group meetings with pastoralists in semi-arid parts of the country.
The pastoralists in the studied region belong to the Masai, Samburu and Njemps ethnic groups and their livestock consist of cattle, goats and, increasingly camels. Göran, with a history of research of land-use involving the Sami, sees a lot of parallels between the Sami pastoralists and their Kenyan counterparts. “There are many parallels that touch on the main focus of the research projects, that pastoralists need both secure and flexible land rights – what we call the pastoralist paradox”.

Upcoming work in 2019 will include implementing the survey in four counties in Kenya.

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